Jazz 123 Lakers 115 – Utah almost gave the series to LA. Up 12 with four minutes to go, the Jazz repeatedly allowed Derk Fisher to shoot and make open three pointers. Fisher along with Lamar Odom (26 pts 13 reb) helped the Lakers force overtime, but the momentum did not carry as it was the Jazz who controlled the extra period. They shot a perfect 9 for 9 from the charity stripe and put the game away on Andrei Kirilenko’s slam dunk and foul. The Jazz defense stood strong as they held the Lakers without a field goal until 1:10 remaining in OT. Deron Williams had 29 points and 14 assists for the winners. Kobe Bryant had 33 and 10 assists for the losers despite fighting back spasms the whole game. The series shifts back to LA where the Lakers have been undefeated this playoff season. (The stars of High School Musical were at the game)
Spurs 100 Hornets 80 – San Antonio evened up the series as they blew out New Orleans. Leading by as many as 27 points, the Hornets had no answer for Tim Duncan (22 pts 15 reb), Tony Parker, and Manu Ginboili. While the Spurs shot a hot 51% from the field, it’s defensively where the defending champs have gotten themselves back in the series. They executed their game plan to let Chris Paul score his points, but not let the role players get theirs. All-Star David West was held to 10 poitns and Peja Stojakovic only had 6. The Spurs head into New Orleans Tuesday night with all the momentum and as long as they implement the same strategy that worked so well in game 4, should be going back to San Antonio with the series lead.